Best LED Grow Lights for Growing Marijuana Indoors

We reviewed hundreds of LED grow lights available on the market as of November, 2017 and created a simple list to help you pick the best LED lamp for your grow. Each lamp was evaluated across a variety of factors: cost, wattage, yield, durability, spectrum and more, and these lights are truly the best options out there.

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We compiled a list of the top LED grow lights on the market for the year of 2017 (the cheat sheet table is below with price ranges). Keep in mind, price can fluctuate depending on the manufacturer so we will try to update the prices as frequently as possible. Please refer to the product links in each of the sections to get the most up to date pricing information on Amazon. 

Top 10 LED Grow Lights on the Market in 2017

Picture LED Light WATT Price Range
California Lightworks 440w

Editor's choice

440W
$825-$875
Advanced Platinum Series P300 300W 12-Band
300W
$350-$375
Morsen 2400W
2400W $350-$365
GoGrow V3 Master Grower 1000W
1000W
$420-$450
Apollo Horticulture GL80X5LED 400W
400W
$290-$320
Galaxyhydro 300W
300W
$99-$125
BESTVA 2000W Double Chips
2000W
$250-$275
Marshydro Reflector 720W 
720W
$270-$290
G8LED 900W MEGA LED Light
900W
$1000-$1250
Vintage Grow 300W w/ Optical Lens
300W
$110-$125

 

There are a couple of things you absolutely need to consider before choosing the best LED grow light:

1) Spacing: You absolutely need to ensure that you have an idea of the amount of space you want to cover with your LED lights. Each light has a maximum range of space that it can cover, and it'll be important to understand the measurements of your grow space down to the centimeter. If you currently do not know what that is, you should find out now. After that is done, make sure you read reviews and feedback from others on the actual space that the LED light can cover (sometimes, products are not as advertised... shocking, I know). 

2) Brand/Budget/Price: This will be important as the higher-quality lights typically yield the best results. If you are a beginner, you will likely want to start with a lower priced option to get your feet feet wet. If you are more experienced, it never hurts to go with the quality, higher-priced option. In addition, brand and quality of the light is very important. A good brand that has raving customer reviews, is almost always, a sure bet.

3) Spectrum: A full spectrum LED grow light will go a long way in terms of helping your plant growth. You'll need red & blue spectrums, but also infrared and ultraviolet, depending on the stage. It's important to have a powerful light, with different wave lengths to ensure maximum growth. The full spectrum yields are a bit newer to the industry, but they are certainly making headway to any good growers catalog. They run cool and don't need any additional fans, they cost less overtime given the electrical savings, and the durability is second to none. It is highly recommended to purchase a full spectrum LED grow light. Most LED lights have a range of colors being emitted (full light spectrum) - the best lights offer the full range, including UV light. 

4)  Electrical Usage: Your LED lights will need to have durability and great electrical efficiency as well. A good LED light should be operating for at least 10-12 hours a day. When researching a good LED light, you'll need to thoroughly understand what the total output is (1000w, 400w, 300w etc). The higher you go, the more powerful and more likely leads to less electrical usage (and more cost effective for you). 

 5) Light Control: Depending on the stage, you'll want to ensure that your plants receive the proper amount of lighting (down to the exact hour). See a breakdown of the phases below for growing LED lights:

  • Seedling Phase: 16 hours on, 8 hours off
  • Vegetative Phase: 18 hours on, 6 hours off
  • Flowering Phase: 12 hours on, 12 hours off

It's extremely important that light cycles are followed to a tee as it can severely alter the growth and potency of your plants. 

What else could you possibly need? Bonus:

Grow Tent: It's definitely easier to grow when you have an enclosed environment that protects from outside forces and sunlight. You can also control the temperature a lot easier in a confined space. You may think that every grow tent is the exact same... wrong. There are different brands out there that have a higher quality tent with more openings (to provide easier access) as well as poles that are more durable. All of this matters, my recommendation for grow tent is this Apollo Horticulture Tent. This is the cream of the crop when it comes to tents. When we used this tent, we didn't see any light come through. It's easily accessible with access in the back and the front. 

 

 California Lightworks 440w - Editor's Choice

California Lightworks 440W LED Grow Light definitely falls under one of the more expensive lights on our list, but this is one situation where you get the results you pay for. This particular unit comes in a bright red color – a stark change from subtly-colored light panels from other manufacturers.

The light is a bit more intense than those with 3W chips, as this uses 5W LEDs instead – 88 of them. The optics are all jewel-quality glass focused at 90 degrees. In addition, it has two 15W UV-B tubes to enhance growth at the flowering stages. This panel runs cool and quiet with its built-in fans, and it comes with a 3-year warranty. California Lightworks is always a very well-recognized brand in the LED community, so you can't go wrong here.

Average Amazon Review: 4 1/2 stars
# of Amazon Reviews: 10+

 

 

 Advanced Platinum Series P300 300W

 

For those who love the P600 but don’t have quite that large of a budget or size of a grow tent, the Advanced Platinum Series P300 is a great runner-up. This is definitely a more affordable LED grow light that offers many of the same benefits as the P600, but at around half the price.

Its coverage is about 4.5 feet by 3.8 feet at an 18-inch height, perfect for compact grow areas, or when used in combination with additional lamps for larger areas. This light panel effectively replaces a 400W HPS light, while only actually using 180 watts of power – making it an energy efficient alternative to a traditional light. It’s just perfect for the small home grower. Just as the P600 represents the higher end of the market, this is still a serious piece of equipment–practically a steal for the amazing coverage you get.

This is a system that has a great high PAR per Lumen output of any other LED grow light panel I’ve seen. What does that mean? Well it means the panel gives off about 2 to 3 times the intensity of other grow lights.

More importantly, it has an 11 band spectrum that gives your marijuana plants the most nutritional value including those needed from UV and IR. The light chips are all 3W LEDs, and as I’ve mentioned before, the best 3-watt panels have an additional lens to focus the light a bit more. This panel comes with a 60-degree lens and secondary 90-degree focusing lens to give more intensity for plant growth.

The chips in this lamp are also replaceable and another reason for the slightly higher price tag. This means you can always keep that 400-watt output, even when a chip blows. Just order the one chip and replace it when it arrives from the manufacturer. With a 5-year guarantee, PlatinumLED offers security to their customers.

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Average Amazon Review: 4 1/2 stars

# of Amazon Reviews: 250+

 

 

Morsen 2400W

Morson is a top brand and you are looking for top quality. These lights typically run bigger and more powerful than most other LEDs. These lights have low energy consumption and really run great no matter what stage of plant growth you are in.

It’s a very high quality product and trusted brand for a very good price (especially when you compare to more expensive options out there like California Lightworks). Can be used in house garden, pot culture, sowing, a greenhouse + more. This particular product comes with a free power cord and free hanging hook. The lifespan for this light is particularly long and runs >50,000 hours and you should be good to go with the 3 year warranty in case anything breaks. This is a very safe option as it is also 3x to 5x the efficiency than HID & HPS lights.  

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Average Amazon Review: 4 1/2 stars

# of Amazon Reviews: 50+

 

 

GoGrow V3 Master Grower 1000W

These lights have great design and also have high PAR value across your canopy. GoGrow is a very large company with an international presence (big in Europe, Japan, Australia) so their products are highly lauded as some of the best in the market.

Great for grow tents, a room, and greenhouses. This is also a great product for you if you want something that’s easy to install as it comes with everything you need (hangers, cords, carabiners). 

Customers rave about how fast the plants grow and how potent they become. This light produces very high PAR at a very low wattage. Great for energy consumption and for the price, this light gets the job done.

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Average Amazon Review: 4 1/2 stars

# of Amazon Reviews: 50+

 

 

Apollo Horticulture GL80X5LED 400W 

 Everyone knows the Apollo brand. This LED light produces very little heat because of the compactness of the product.

The Apollo brands are typically lighter in weight and this light is easier to mount inside grow tents in particular. The price is very good for someone that isn’t looking to spend much but is looking for a recognized brand and quality.

This particular product has been known to provide great light no matter what stage you are in (veg or flower). The Apollo light will have enough lumens to do whatever your plant needs to do with little to no heat and easy installation steps for you to follow. Plants respond well and these lights consume less power with great durability.

When we tested this product ourselves, we did notice that the fan did error on the hot side (despite the fact that it has fans). This light does have a lifespan of ~50,000 hours, but does lack a power switch - which can be an annoyance to some growers. What we have noticed is that this particular light is great for medium sized, simple set up.  

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Average Amazon Review: 4 stars

# of Amazon Reviews: 500+

 

 

Galaxyhydro 300W 

The first thing comes to mind for this product is the price. For what it costs, you’re getting a great product that has high output and is durable.The intensity of the light is great especially considering it is very power efficient with  great spectrum on the light. The fans on this light also help keep the temperature down dramatically and is great for a beginner indoor grower who wants to test a light at an affordable price. 

The recommended height to plant distance is around 12”-50” depending on the growing stages. The item is light at around 5 pounds and is extremely bright given the size. This light may not speed up the growing pace for your plants like some of the more expensive options, but it’s perfectly serviceable.

Despite the fact that this light doesn't offer the full spectrum setup, it is still great for growth (especially if you are a beginner doing a basic set up). You'll need to purchase basic accessories that typically don't come with the cheaper LED lights (timer).  

 

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Average Amazon Review: 4 1/2 stars

# of Amazon Reviews: 500+

 

BESTVA 2000W

This light is priced modestly and runs very cool. Works great in different sized tents and the light spread is second to none. 

These lights are made from China, but don’t let that fool you, these lights are very powerful and work very well for any type of grow. The fans are extremely quiet. It’s recommended that during the flowering stage, you limit the use of this light to a 4x4 space in order to maximize for efficiency and light intensity. The design of this light allows for great light penetration and the set up is easy with minimal weight restrictions.

This light does not have a veg/flower switch, but it does have an on/off switch so it's better than some of the cheaper LED grow lights on the market. This LED grow light definitely shined during the flowering stage, the results that we saw were incredible. We were extremely impressed with this grow light, especially with the brightness (our plants were thriving).  

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Average Amazon Review: 4 1/2 stars

# of Amazon Reviews: 75+

 

 

Marshydro Reflector 720W 

This light does not get loud nor does it get loud. When we tried this light, it exceeded our expectations, especially for an “inexpensive” light.

The brand has been around for a while hence why they are able to make the installation easy for just about everyone (they've been in business for over 7 years and are a well-known brand in the industry). This light was definitely one of the more energy efficient compared to some of the other lights that we tested (especially the cheaper ones). We used ours in a 4x4 canopy and it worked great as the light was able to penetrate all open space.

This light does have the switch so you can toggle between veg/bloom mode, making this one of the premier lights for compact spaces. It can also be used for medium-sized spaces, so it's an extremely versatile. It has the full spectrum of blue, red, and white for the veg and flowering stages. 

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Average Amazon Review: 4 1/2 stars

# of Amazon Reviews: 200+

 

 

G8LED 900W MEGA LED

This is a very highly lauded grow light with some of the best longevity we have seen in the LED category (have had many iterations and have been producing LED grow lights for 8 years). The cream of the crop is what many bloggers and review sites describe this light as and has been awarded some very high accolades by major publications. 

These lights are for both vegetative growth and flowering and provide very intense lighting for 24 square feet of canopy. The light emits very low heat and requires low electricity usage. This is the perfect light for you if you want to go from a beginner set up to a professional production.

 You may think it is a high price tag, but the money you save through electricity costs and the durability of this light will get you a long way.

Oh and by the way? High Times rated this the best LED light of 2016.

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Average Amazon Review: 5 stars

# of Amazon Reviews: 20+

 

 

Vintage Grow 300W w/ Optical Lens

 

This is great bang for your buck. One of the lowest priced option of the bunch and great energy savings. With only 170 watts pulled from the outlet, the light is able to still give high PAR value which will allow for very valuable savings after a few months (you should be able to get your $ back soon).

 These lights deliver 12 bands including 2 IR and 2 UV through optical lens to maximize the PAR per watt. The Vintage Grow lights are great for the veg cycle and you should see results quickly with the brightness of the light. The lights themselves are very powerful, but don’t give off the same kind of heat as some of the other more expensive brands/lights on this list.

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Average Amazon Review: 4 1/2 stars

# of Amazon Reviews: 200+

 

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12 comments

  • Thanks, this article has definitely been a big help in finding the best led grow light for my production. Really appreciate all the great content on this site. Total goldmine!

    Steve Harrington
  • Hello,

    I’m a experienced medical mj grower (legal ca personal med user). I’ve done many grows in closets and other spaces but i recently moved to a place without a space for growing. I’m paralyzed at mid-chest due to a degenerative condition of the spine. I’ve always avoided grow tents due to wheelchair access for caring for plants but now this type of space is my only choice for growing the med i need. Which of the grow tents (organic soil grow with LED) above would be accessible to a person in a wheelchair? Thank you
    phyll
  • This article is great, but doesn’t give any sort of insight into how each of the lights actually work. I do love the California Lightworks LED grow light though.

    cannabis818
  • Thanks for the article. Definitely the most unbiased bestva 2000w led review I’ve seen out there. Thank you!

    ChongDaddy
  • Deciding between the bestva 2000w and the g8led 900w. Has anybody tried these two? How did they perform in terms or g/w?

    Greg

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